Professor of English;
Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTSG)
Centre for Medieval Studies, Lillian Massey Building, 125 Queen's Park, Room 321
Office Hours and/or Leave Status:
Mondays 2-4, LMB 321
Degrees: B.A. (Valparaiso University), 1977; M.A. (University of Toronto), 1978; Ph.D. (University of Toronto), 1985.
is Professor Medieval Studies and English. His published work includes the edition and translation of medieval texts, the study of medieval manuscripts, and the relevance of gender theory and queer theory to medieval literature. He was founding director of the Sexual Diversity Studies Program at University College and now serves on the advisory committee of the Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. He is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Exemplaria
and Journal of Medieval Latin
and of the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library
(Harvard University Press). He is general editor of the Toronto Medieval Latin Texts
John of Glastonbury, Cronica sive antiquitates Glastoniensis ecclesie
, ed. James Carley, trans. David Townsend (Boydell and Brewer, 1985).
The Tongue of the Fathers: Gender and Ideology in Twelfth-Century Latin
. Ed. David Townsend and Andrew Taylor (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998).
The Alexandreis: A Twelfth-Century Epic
(Broadview: Peterborough, 2006).
An Epitome of Biblical History: Glosses on Walter of Châtillon's Alexandreis
, 4.176-274 from British Library Add. MS 18,217. Toronto Medieval Latin Texts
30 (Toronto: PIMS, 2008).
The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature. Ed. Ralph J. Hexter and David Townsend (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).
(Selected) "The Ovidian Verse Epistles of Master Leonius" Journal of Medieval Latin
10 (2000): 239-254.
"Ovidian Homoerotics in Twelfth-Century Paris: The Letters of Leoninus, Poet and Polyphone." GLQ
8:3 (2002): 389-423.
"The Naked Truth of the King's Affection in the Old English Apollonius of Tyre
," Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
34.1 (Winter 2004): 173-195.
"Scandals of Translation, Pragmatics of Desire," New Medieval Literatures
9 (2007): 207-211.
"Paratext, Ambiguity, and Interpretive Foreclosure in Manuscripts of Walter of Châtillon's Alexandrei
s," New Medieval Literatures
14 (2012): forthcoming.